Tag Archive: Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    Analogies Between The Olympics And Being A Startup CEO

    There are many analogies between Olympic events and being a startup CEO here in the valley.

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching a bit of the Olympics. While I’m usually not one to watch much TV in the evening I’ve enjoyed a few hours of watching the games. My favorites are the gymnastics (both men and women) as well as anything else acrobatic – diving, jumping etc. My least favorite is swimming and beach volleyball.

    Despite the heavy “schmaltz” factor, I also enjoy learning about the athletes, their personal stories and obstacles they’ve overcome. I’m sure these are popular because many of us can

  2. Women-in-Tech
    by Angie Chang

    Women Heroes In Tech: The Best Kept Secrets Of Silicon Valley

    I seek to widen the pool of female heroes in tech. They might not have a huge PR machine behind them, but these women have truly made their mark on the professional landscape in Silicon Valley.

    By Marilyn Nagel (CEO, Watermark)

    If you Google “women in tech,” it’s likely that the same 5-10 women will pop up in your search results. These hyper-visible women (Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Susan Wojcicki, to name a few) have become the poster girls of women leaders in Silicon Valley. They’re great at what they do, and they certainly act as role models for women interested in breaking into tech.

    While creating a group of superstars serves its purpose, I fear that seeing the same faces repeatedly gives the impression that they’re the only women succeeding in Silicon Valley, when in reality, exceptional women leaders are

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    by Angie Chang

    Do’s & Don’ts For Raising Money As A First Time Founder

    Get a mentor! Actually, get a couple. One who is light years ahead of you and one who is not quite as far along to help you take things one day at a time.

    By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)

    One day I hope to describe in greater detail my lessons from fundraising for PublikDemand. It has been an extraordinary experience.

    Have more do’s and don’ts? Tell me at [email protected] or @CourtneyPowell.

    In the meantime…

    On AngelList:

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    by Angie Chang

    Pitch Investor Event Bubble Tank Produced And Won By Women

    The big winner of last week’s Bubble Tank in Palo Alto was Melanie Perkins of Canva.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17) & Tina Hui (Co-Founder & CEO, The Leisurely)

    What better way to embody Silicon Valley and startups than the investor startup pitch? Having been to dozens of pitch investor conferences, we organized Bubble Tank on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at The Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto – a hot spot where many Silicon Valley partnerships have been inked over the years. The special twist: the event was filmed with a possibility of inclusion in the upcoming Bravo TV Network show aptly titled “Silicon Valley”.

    Bubble Tank included Women 2.0′s Sepideh Nasiri among the advisors judging the pitches. Many pitch finalists were women

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    by Angie Chang

    Connecting Startups, Investors To Make An Impact On The World (Bubble Tank)

    Bubble Tank works with VCs and angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17)

    Bubble Tank is a series inspired by Pop17 to get advice, input, and strategy from some of the top investors in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a way to work with VCs and power angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing. My goal in this series is to be a listener and learner and give back to the larger Silicon Valley community by connecting startups with investors whom, together, can have a significant impact on the world.

    I have some small investments made that I will see

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Mothers Found Startups? (Hint: Yes)

    “People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.

    According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth

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    by Angie Chang

    Silicon Valley VC Firms Say They Welcome More Women

    Still, Sequoia concedes its lack of woman general partners. “We agree there’s an issue and we’re eager to work with more people from diverse and interesting backgrounds,” Kovacs said.

    By Connie Guglielmo (Contributing Writer, Forbes)

    Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who started a foundation to study how women are portrayed in the media, spoke at the Women Presidents’ Organization in April and said women make up just 17% of the population in Congress, among film narrators and in crowd scenes in movies.

    “It almost seems like you have to go deliberately out of your way to leave out that many women,” Davis said. Ellen Pao, a junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is suing the VC firm over discrimination. Those aren’t the only places it seems that way.

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    by Angie Chang

    App Academy Trains iOS (iPhone) Developers In 9-Week Course, Then Helps You Find A $80-90k Entry-Level Job

    Free summer course in San Francisco to take you from a newbie to an entry level iOS (iPhone) developer.

    By Kush Patel (TA, App Academy)

    This week we launched App Academy, a free 9-week full-time software engineering course in San Francisco. The launch made the front page of Hacker News. We got hundreds of amazing applicants applying on the first day, but we want more!

    The course is an intensive program in Ruby, Objective-C and iOS development designed to prepare students for careers as professional developers. Our program is very hands-on. Students will pair-program as they work on projects and build apps. At the end, they’ll graduate with GitHub repos and projects containing thousands of lines of code showing what they’re capable of.

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    by Angie Chang

    The "Uppity Women" Of Silicon Valley

    Gender discrimination is not going to change until there are more women in Silicon Valley.

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    Silicon Valley was hit hard last week when venture capitalist Ellen Pao‘s lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins was made public.

    Without pretending any knowledge about the validity of Pao’s individual claims, let’s just put aside the false surprise and outrage at the discovery that there’s sexism in Silicon Valley. The tech industry is stunningly gender biased. Just read the first paragraph of this article in the New York Times, and then the response of journalist Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing. “Men are credited with inventing the internet,” she writes. Important distinction there.

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    by Angie Chang

    Meet Your Founder Friday Hosts For June 2012

    11 cities will be hosting Women 2.0 Founder Friday events on June 1, 2012 – find one near you!

    By Sepideh Nasiri (Director of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)

    Join us for Founder Friday networking events on June 1, 2012!

    Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event promoting the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities around the world.

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    by Angie Chang

    Michigan High School Girls Visit Silicon Valley, Women 2.0

    “Visiting Women 2.0… showed me that women can make it in the startup world.”

    By Jillian Waun (Freshman, Academy of Sacred Heart)

    I have recently returned from a trip to San Francisco with 11 other girls from my school. At my school, we call this experience Project Term. For Project Term, there are many options for trips. One trip goes to the Amazon, another to a farm in New York, or you can stay back home for local trips.

    We are asked for choices to where we want to go; San Francisco was my first choice!

    On our San Francisco trip, we visited many companies like Pinterest, Pixar, Twilio, and also Women 2.0.

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    by Angie Chang

    Startup Fundraising (West Coast vs. East Coast)

    Investors in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley ask different questions, evaluate deals on different criteria.

    By Ellie Cachette (Founder & CEO, ConsumerBell)

    The interesting thing about fundraising, in general, is that it’s very complex and there are many things that can affect your chances or strategy around funding. Each ecosystem is different as to how it sees value in things so it’s important to know where the best ecosystem is – for your company as well as investors most likely to invest in your company.

    For example, if you are mobile and need to build your team, try to find areas that have talented or underpoached developers. If you are social and need to be close to other agencies, then you should

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Would A Geek Girl Want To Attend TiECon?

    Entrepreneurship is perfect for women – whether single or married, with or without children! Here’s why.

    By Gargi Nalawade (Founder & CEO, Sepalz)

    Successes such as Instagram have the whole developer community up in restless excitement. At least 2 developers approached me the day the Instagram acquisition was announced.

    “I’d like to talk to you about becoming an entrepreneur,” one said.

    “I’d like to know how exactly to become an entrepreneur and what it takes,” said another.

    Looking at Instagram and the 12 people team that made millions in a few months is giving them a rush.

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    by Angie Chang

    Entrepreneurs Under 25 (The Young And The Relentless)

    “I don’t give up. I’m definitely meant to be an entrepreneur,” said entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh.

    By Karin Kamp (Director of Digital Media, The Story Exchange)

    At a time of high levels of youth joblessness – the latest U.S. figures show that the unemployment rate for workers under 25 is over 16% – some are betting that the best chance for finding a job, is creating one.

    Over the past month, The Story Exchange has been interviewing young women who have started their own businesses to understand how they’ve came so far, so fast.

    What we found is a group who are fearless in the face of uncertainty and simply propel themselves forward without over thinking the obstacles.

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    by Angie Chang

    Mentorship From Silicon Valley Techies Encourages High School Girls To Dream Bigger

    How mentoring a team of underserved high school girls affected a Silicon Valley techie.

    By Harini Sridharan (Senior Strategist, Rosetta)

    Let me start with a statistic that some of you might already know: While women make 47% of the U.S. workforce, only 5% of startups are owned by women. And here’s another: In 2010, only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female.

    I am a techie. We, in the field, love numbers. We ooh and aah at statistics. Our presentations are decorated with them.

    But there are stories and experiences behind these numbers that are the real deal. Numbers are just a way of summarizing these experiences to a 140-character paced audience.

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Friday Silicon Valley Hosted By Two Female Engineers Who Became VC-Funded Startup Founders

    Talks from startup founders Pooja Sankar of Piazza and Claire Hough of Citrus Lane show true grit.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    “The last time I talked to you – Piazza was spelled with three Zs, your last name was Nath, and you weren’t pregnant!” someone exclaimed to Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar.

    The Silicon Valley startup ecosystem is a small world, made even more accessible to early-stage women entrepreneurs with events like Founder Friday Silicon Valley. Two powerhouse startup founders shared their stories last Friday night.

    Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar spoke first. At seven months pregnant, she is a sight to see addressing the

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    by Angie Chang

    Fundraising From The Hinterlands: Does Location Really Matter In The Digital Universe?

    Good ideas and the ability to execute them aren’t confined to a geographic location.

    By Antonia Chappell (Co-Founder, Social Good Network)

    Okay. Boise, Idaho isn’t really the Hinterlands. In fact, most people are surprised by the arts and culture available here.

    But, for local web startups trying to raise capital, Boise might as well be on the moon. It’s not that I don’t get the bias. I’ve spent the majority of my career at startups in Los Angeles, Seattle, and the Bay area.

    Even after we moved to Boise, I continued to work outside the area, in part because my professional network was elsewhere and, in part, I admit, because I didn’t feel there was much of an entrepreneurial culture here.

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    by Angie Chang

    Today’s High School Girls Are Tomorrow’s Mobile App Inventors

    Watch the top 11 teams of high school girls pitch their Android apps and business plans to investors on May 3 in Santa Clara at the Technovation Challenge National Pitch Night.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    What would the next generation of high school girls build if given the chance to build the next big startup? What would their Android mobile apps look like? What would their business models look like? How would their elevator pitches to top investors in the community sound? What do the young tech-savvy inventors of tomorrow look like?

    Find out for yourself on Thursday, May 3 in Santa Clara, California at the National Pitch Night for Technovation Challenge as the top 11 teams from New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles high schools compete to have their innovative smartphone apps taken to market! The event open to the public – free RSVP here.